- Western Cape
A Place for Picnics & Holidays
Kommetjie is a rustic seaside village, nestled between the Slangkop Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Essentially a seaside village, the residents here regard themselves as living outside of Cape Town and prefer to commute the 35 km’s in and out of the city in exchange for the relaxed and more rural lifestyle.
Kommetjie lies in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt settings in the Cape and boasts a peaceful beach, even during peak season, that offers over 5 kms of white sand and stunning views. It is known for being one of Cape Town’s surfing & kite surfing hot spots and has world class windsurfing with one of the biggest drops in the Cape Peninsula. At the end of Kommetjie's Long Beach, you will find the Kakapo Shipwreck which ran aground in 1900.
This is not a seaside village you only drive through to admire the scenery, it is a stop and experience kind of place. If you are not on the beach, stop in at Imhoff Farm for a spot of tea, delicious things to eat and a bit of farm and craft shopping while the kids enjoy the farmyard animals. For a more modern shopping experience Long Beach Mall is only five minutes away.
Kommetjie is also home to the tallest cast-iron lighthouse in the country and features on the Cape Bird Route as one of the best locations to spot seabirds. Here, Crayfish is King, and Kommetjie has a reputation for catching the Cape Rock Lobster during November and April.
Kommetjie accommodation includes a hotel overlooking Long Beach as well as self-catering units throughout the village. If you feel like a short drive out of town, Kommetjies neighbours, Noordhoek, Scarborough and Fish Hoek offer enticing activities and stunning beaches of their own.
Things to do and see
- Long Beach
- Witsands Beach, Misty Cliffs
- Slangkop Point Lighthouse
- Cape Point Lighthouse
- Higgeldy Piddeldy Farmyard
- Imhoff Farm & Farm Stall
- A Scented Life
- Little Wolf Brewery
- Long Beach Mall
- Liebermann Pottery, Faerie Knowe
Kommetjie receives approximately 734 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the winter months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 26˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 19˚C.
The name Kommetjie derives from the Afrikaans term, “kom,” which means “small basin,” as the village is located around a small natural cove that resembles the shape of a basin. Evidence has it that this basin was used as a fish trap by its early inhabitants.
The 1960’s marked the modernisation of the town. The residents of the village named the streets after its first settlers and made provisions for electricity and water, with a great amount of the water used for the houses coming from Wemmershoek Dam and Ou Kaapse Weg.
Although the people of Kommetjie celebrated its hundred-year mark in 2003, this anniversary only marks the beginning of human inhabitation, with the first home built in 1903.
Today the residents still prefer the relaxed holiday atmosphere and have no plans of turning the village into a business centre.
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